Repentance of God and Repentance of Man
Does God repent? The Scriptures appear to contradict themselves. For example, in Genesis 6 we read that God grieve because He had made Man. Yet in Numbers 23 it is said God is not a man that He should lie, that He should repent. How do we resolve this? More
The matter of whether God repents has been discussed many times in history. This book was written in the mid 20th-century during one of these periods of discussion in The Netherlands. This book does not pretend to be scholarly; it only wants to serve as a volume of edifying literature in which "repentance" will be the leading thought, the thread that connects the various parts. How do we deal with the words of Genesis 6: 6: "And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart"; those of Numbers 23:19: "God is not a man that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?" The conclusion of the author is that God changes course, but the ultimate plan does not change. Otherwise why would His anger be quenched through the death of His Son?